NAMA explains diversion of flights to other countries, airports

Capt. Fola Akinkuotu,NAMA MD


Posted by Sade Williams


The Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), said it noted with concern, the inability of some international flights to land at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, saying that this is largely due to issues of inclement weather and company minimas of affected airlines.


The Agency insists that such diversions are in the interest of safety.


A statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Agency, Khalid Emele, explains some facts.



“The facts on record however are as follows: Lagos has two runways- 18 Right and 18 Left. The Doppler Very High Omni-Directional Radio Range (DVOR) and the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) at the airport have successfully been calibrated and passed 100%.



“The localizer (a component of the Instrument Landing System) responsible for horizontal guidance at runway 18 Left has also passed 100% calibration while the glide slope (which is another component of the Instrument Landing System that provides vertical guidance) is undergoing routine maintenance and by tomorrow (12/02/2020), the maintenance will be concluded and the equipment shall be fully on air.



“On Runway 18 Right, there is Category 3 ILS which is still undergoing installation. Presently, Selex Systems, the contractors are working on the realignment of its parameters, preparatory to the calibration and commissioning of the equipment in the shortest possible time.



Meanwhile, the agency has reassured airspace users and the general public that the Nigerian Airspace remains safe for seamless, and economic air travel, while it regretting inconveniences caused.



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